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Old 01-12-2007, 07:52 PM   #1
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Just wondering - what's the most worthless piece of equipment that you purchased with the full intention of using, then found it to be more hassle than it's worth?

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Old 01-12-2007, 08:02 PM   #2
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Having a hard time with this one - Mainly because I've only bought stuff because I needed it...

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Old 01-12-2007, 08:09 PM   #3
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i was thinking swmbo - but that's just wrong

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Old 01-12-2007, 08:12 PM   #4
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Not so much a hassle, but I bought a 7.5 gallon kettle from one of the online vendors along with some weldless fittings for a thermometer and ball valve and a HopStopper. I got the pot first, drilled the holes in it and installed the ball valve and thermometer.

Then the HopStopper arrived and the diameter of the pot was too small even if I cut the HopStopper down to the shortest length it could be cut down to. My solution was to purchase a 15 gallon kettle with couplings welded in. Now I have a useless 7.5 gallon kettle with two holes drilled in it!

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Old 01-12-2007, 08:12 PM   #5
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Iodine drops. I was hitting OG targets so never tested my mash.

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Old 01-12-2007, 08:20 PM   #6
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Easy. Home Depot had electric turkey fryers on sale for $70, so on a whim I picked one up. It has absolutely no balls at all, it can barely maintain a boil on 2 gallons of wort, much less do a full boil. Completely worthless. Did two mostly-AG batches, with half the wort in that, half on the stovetop, before I got the banjo cooker and the keggle.

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I bought this thingy that holds your carboy upside down, thus turning it into a conical. Cost $25, I only used it once. It leaked like a sieve and the little faucet that was supposed to drain trub & hops got plugged up so I wound up transferring to secondary anyway.

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Old 01-12-2007, 09:16 PM   #8
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Iodine drops. I was hitting OG targets so never tested my mash.

I like lo-tech
Agree. I think I iodine tested my first two AG batches.

I've been pretty lucky: all of the expensive items I've purchased have worked out pretty well.
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Fermentap. Worse yet, I bought two since I was doing 10 gallon batches at the time.

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I bought this thingy that holds your carboy upside down, thus turning it into a conical. Cost $25, I only used it once. It leaked like a sieve and the little faucet that was supposed to drain trub & hops got plugged up so I wound up transferring to secondary anyway.
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Fermentap. Worse yet, I bought two since I was doing 10 gallon batches at the time.
Well, I'm glad to know that the Fermentap is a POS. I was thinking about getting one but I guess now I will reconsider.
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